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World Cup Security Guards Strike in Wage Dispute

(June 15th, 2010)

World Cup security guards are protesting low wages with strikes in multiple host cities.

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World Cup 2010 Opens with High Hopes of Prosperity

(June 11th, 2010)

South Africa rejoices as the World Cup 2010 opens to an electric mood in Johannesburg and hopes for economic growth.

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Trust in poor communities builds profits

(May 11th, 2010)

In the developing world, the key innovation for marketing soda can be as simple as letting customers grab their own bottle. Gretchen Wilson explains.

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Case checks business roles in apartheid

(October 13th, 2009)

A lawsuit against several multinational companies accused of working with South Africa’s former apartheid government could set a new standard for corporate accountability overseas. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Africa finally to plug in to high-speed lines

(September 21st, 2009)

Fewer than 7% of Africans are connected to the Internet, compared to three out of four North Americans. But the imminent arrival of fiber-optic cables to the continent is expected to spark a telecommunications boom. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Zimbabwe tries to reignite mining

(September 15th, 2009)

Zimbabwe’s new coalition government is hoping to rev up the country’s mining industry when it addresses a huge mining conference there today. government wants to pass new laws that will attract foreign investment. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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E.U., Zimbabwe to meet on sanctions

(September 11th, 2009)

E.U. officials will meet in Zimbabwe this weekend for the first time since 2002, when Zimbabwe’s economy was in a tailspin. The visit is seen as a new effort to normalize ties between the two economies. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Coalition government helps Zimbabwe

(September 4th, 2009)

Zimbabwe’s economy is beginning to stabilize as a new coalition government takes root. U.S. lawmakers say they want that government to succeed, and the U.S. openly criticizes President Mugabe and his administration. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Africa resists lure of tobacco companies

(August 3rd, 2009)

International tobacco companies are cultivating millions of new smokers in Africa and other developing nations. Now the continent is a battleground between tobacco companies and the activists who want to stop them. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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South Africans strike against low wages

(July 21st, 2009)

South Africa has seen job-related strikes across a wide range of industries over the past several months. South African workers want President Jacob Zuma to pressure employers to raise wages. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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